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Old 06-21-13, 10:50 AM
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Raleigh One Way alternatives

A couple of years ago I was lusting after the Raleigh One Way in the window of my local shop but I didn't quite pull the trigger.

Now, it looks like the model is discontinued and Raleigh doesn't really have a similar single-speed model.

Here is what I loved about that bike:

- slack angles
- long wheelbase (1040mm on the 57)
- long-ish chainstays (425mm) (panniers are my preferred method of carrying stuff around town)
- lots of fork rake (65mm)
- great tire clearance

The geometry seemed pretty similar to the nice old sport tourer bikes from the 70s/80s.

Is there anything else out there in a purpose-built single-speed at a comparable price point (I think they were around $700-800) that has these features?

I've been looking at the Trek Earl, which has the long chainstays, wheelbase, and decent fork rake, but it's a pretty cheaply-put-together bike, very heavy, and the long top tube seems like it would make it hard to put drop bars on, and I don't know if I want to be stuck with the riser bars forever.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Maybe the All-City Nature Boy or Surly Cross Check?

One of the great things about Surly and All-City bikes (aside from their overall quality) is that literally any bike shop can get them. If a shop tells you they can't, go somewhere else.

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Maybe the All-City Nature Boy or Surly Cross Check?

One of the great things about Surly and All-City bikes (aside from their overall quality) is that literally any bike shop can get them.
10-4 on the Cross Check for sure. All kinds of mounts / eyelets for bottles, fenders, racks, etc, and unlimited tire / fender clearances.
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+1 on Cross Check. I recently bought a complete geared version for my commuter and love it.
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